NFL Football 2013: Indianapolis Colts Preview
When people in the online sports betting legal realm contemplate how the Indianapolis Colts will fare in the coming NFL season, they have to realize that while new quarterback Andrew Luck certainly played a large role in guiding the team to a playoff spot one year after the organization plummeted to a 2-14 record, he didn’t dominate the NFL. His performance was certainly impressive by rookie standards, but it left a lot to be desired. If you think the Colts have a winning hand in 2013, you might very well be right, but you might be set up for a fall in this autumn’s upcoming set of pigskin poker games.
Yes, it’s true that Luck is one of those players who, at least to a certain extent, possesses an untaught knack for making winning plays in pressure-packed situations. Luck authored last-minute game-winning drives on multiple occasions, most memorably against the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. The Detroit comeback was special because Luck won the game on the last scrimmage play of regulation time. The man had ice in his veins, and he lifted the Colts to victory in multiple games that just as easily could have been losses.
However, that last fact – the Colts were close to losing a lot of games in 2012 – is precisely why this team could be set up for a slight decline in 2013.
Why was Indianapolis immersed in so many close calls a year ago? Luck threw a lot of interceptions. He was one of the more turnover-prone quarterbacks in the NFL. Luck impressed observers not because he played such an airtight style of ball (he didn’t), but because he was able to shrug off turnovers and forget about them, delivering a big play on a key drive right after making a massive mistake. Luck’s short-term memory propelled him and the Colts to greater heights in 2012, but his defense was also good enough to keep his team close. If Luck doesn’t cut down on his interceptions this season, the Colts will have a hard time replicating their playoff season. Luck will have to make major improvements, but since opposing defensive coordinators around the league have been able to scout him for a full offseason, Luck could actually encounter a tougher and more demanding campaign in the coming months. Luck might have all the two-minute-drill skills in the world (he does), but the Colts can’t find themselves in a series of nail-biters this coming season. They need to win with less drama and show that they can prevail by dint of a more clinical and responsible style of play. The odds of winning a lot of close games in two straight seasons just aren’t very high.
American football betting gurus who saw the Houston Texans collapse last season know that the Colts have a real opportunity to win the AFC South Division. Having four games against Tennessee and Jacksonville (two against each team) should give the Colts a boost in the overall AFC playoff picture. Knowing how thin the AFC East and AFC West are, the Colts should probably be able to retain a wild card berth in the AFC, but they also know that the Pittsburgh Steelers – unlike a year ago – are probably going to win 10 games. All in all, bet on the Colts to return to the playoffs… but not do anything more than that unless they play Houston.